Clarendon County, SC (WLTX) - It was not the average day at work for one Midlands business after seeing a bear walking around near their parking lot.
"It's just something you don't normally see," said Rick Mizzoli, president of Treleoni in Clarendon County.
Employees at Treleoni saw the bear during their lunch break. Mizzoli says that no one initially knew what it was.
“We knew it wasn't a dog and then the more we saw the shadow we realized it was a bear," Mizzoli said. “It came out of the brush maybe 120 yards away and it ran around that field maybe 5 minutes or so. Once it finished, it went back into the far corner into the brush.”
"In the summer, it's not unusual to see a transient roaming bear," said Jay Cantrell with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR).
Cantrell says this is because June - July is mating seasons for adult bears, and young male bears are kicked out of the den.
”A dominant older male that comes in the area runs that young male off or the mother runs that male off,” Cantrell said.
Cantrell says the young bear then disperses and finds a new territory.
“It's likely within a few days that bear will be miles from there,” Cantrell said.
Cantrell advises that people give the bears space.
“If it's a little too close to comfort for you, you can yell, make a loud noise, bang something," Cantrell said, "it's going to take off.”
Cantrell also says people should not feed the bears or they may not leave.
"They’re looking for food this time of year, you don't want to give them an easy meal, a ready supply of food,” Cantrell said.
SCDNR was called about the bear but left it alone - Cantrell says this is standard practice as long as it is not hurting anyone or in danger.
If you hear of a bear in your neighborhood, Cantrell says you should put away your trash cans, pet food, and bird feeders so as not to attract it.
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